sticky currant Grossulariaceae Ribes viscosissimum Pursh Listen to the Latin symbol: RIVI3 Other Fact Sheets
Leaf: Alternate, simple, deciduous, 3 to 5 lobed leaf, 1 to 4 inches long, serrated margin, covered with soft sticky hairs on both surfaces.
Flower: Perfect, greenish-white to pink, bell-shaped, each 1/4 to 1/2 inch long, occur in erect to drooping clusters of 6-12 flowers, appearing in spring.
Fruit: Round, blue-black, very sticky berries; not edible (or at least not palatable).
Twig: Stems are round, unarmed but may have sticky hairs present.
Bark: Reddish brown and shreds with age.
Form: An erect to spreading, straggly shrub, 3-6 feet tall; unarmed; covered with soft sticky hairs.

Looks like: red-flowering currant - mapleleaf currant - stink currant - wax currant
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Additional Range Information:
Ribes viscosissimum is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting sticky currant.
External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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